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Prenatal Yoga: Child's Pose

See more poses in this series: Goddess Pose   |    Lunge Pose   |    Tree Pose  |   

Is Drinking During Pregnancy Ever OK?

Women in the United States have been strongly urged to abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy for so many years that the sight of a woman sipping a glass of wine while expecting is fairly scandalous to many. But that could be changing now, as new research suggests that light drinking during pregnancy might not pose as much harm to an unborn baby as previously thought.

No Room in the Womb for BPA

When you find out you’re pregnant, everything supposedly changes. And you make a lot of changes—in your diet and lifestyle. And yet many seemingly insignificant habits remain and these can have a big impact on a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child.

Prenatal Yoga: Standing Flow Poses

See more poses in this series: Goddess Pose   |    Lunge Pose   |    Tree Pose  |   

Prenatal Yoga Pose: Sun Salutation

See more poses in this series: Goddess Pose   |    Lunge Pose   |    Tree Pose  |   

Prenatal Testing Cheat Sheet

A healthy baby is every expectant mom’s No. 1 priority. The good news? Most babies are born healthy. But a small amount (about 2 percent to 4 percent) are affected by some kind of a serious birth defect. There are a number of tests that can check on your baby’s health when you’re pregnant: Screening tests give parents-to-be an idea of the likelihood that their baby has certain kinds of problems, one such test has been in the news lately.

Week 8: It Doesn't Seem Real That I'm Pregnant

Already I find myself 8 weeks pregnant. I’m 38 years old, so time seems to fly by faster and faster as I age. Normally, I wish for the world to just s-l-o-w d-o-w-n some. But since the day I found out I was pregnant, I’ve had that can’t-wait feeling every day. The day that I can finally meet my baby can’t come soon enough.

Expert Answers to Your Top 5 Breast Questions

You may have noticed something besides your belly growing during pregnancy: your breasts. In fact, it’s not uncommon for, ahem, the girls, to grow up to two cup sizes, especially if this is your first pregnancy. This new growth is a good sign that your breasts are getting ready, all by themselves, to provide milk for your baby after delivery.

Week 6: Am I Pregnant, Or Just Sick?

My partner James and I have been together for two years, and since close to the beginning of our relationship, we discussed the possibility of having a child if things worked out well with us. I don’t have any children, but he has a 6 year-old son from a previous relationship and relishes the role of involved father. At our one-year anniversary in January 2012, we decided to officially start “trying” and I stopped taking birth control.

I’m Pregnant! Now What?

After learning that you’re pregnant, your main agenda is simple: Tell your partner and celebrate! But once the happy news sinks in, the next steps can seem overwhelming. To help simplify the situation, we asked Akua Afriyie-Gray, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola Medical Center, for the most important moves a pregnant woman should make.

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